• Short Summary

    Five Buddhist monks told a meeting at the Vien Hoa Dao Pagoda in Saigon, the headquarters of the South Vietnamese Unified Buddhist Church, that they would demand to be arrested and imprisoned as part of their campaign to bring down the military government of the Prime Minister, Marshal Ky.

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    Five Buddhist monks told a meeting at the Vien Hoa Dao Pagoda in Saigon, the headquarters of the South Vietnamese Unified Buddhist Church, that they would demand to be arrested and imprisoned as part of their campaign to bring down the military government of the Prime Minister, Marshal Ky.

    The five monks had announced that the Buddhists were calling for a national three-day general strike. Then they told the meeting of about 2,000 Buddhist supporters that they would invite arrest by going to a government goal and demanding that they be imprisoned.

    They said in a statement that they wanted to dramatise their demand that the United States withdraw its support from Marshal Ky's government, which they accused of killing and arresting Buddhists.

    Instead they went to the Saigon City Hall and gave the mayor a letter for Marshal Ky and the head of state, General Thieu.

    At the same time, out in the city streets, rioters were again on the rampage. At one stage they set fire to a National Police jeep. Troops were soon on the scene with fire extinguishers.

    The following day troops surrounded the Pagoda headquarters, where they set up barbed wire barricades. The government forces demanded that the Buddhists hand over the people responsible for the shooting of a young National Policeman. After the troops had threatened to take what they called strong measures, about twenty young people, including girls, were brought from the Pagoda compound and driven away in police trucks.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAWM06EMJVVF7NJBYYZQRHQ25Q
    Media URN:
    VLVAAWM06EMJVVF7NJBYYZQRHQ25Q
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/06/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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